2 Killed in Accident at Texas Water Treatment Plant

Two men are dead following an accident at an El Paso wastewater treatment plant.

Fire Crews Work to Recover Bodies

A release from the Associated Press states that emergency crews have recovered the body of one of the men and were working on recovering the second body Wednesday morning.

Officials did not provide details on how the men became trapped at the Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant, nor did they confirm whether the men had died from drowning.

A spokesperson from the El Paso Fire Department, Carlos Briano, did state that the men contractors and were not employees of the El Paso Water Utility.

Crews had originally been called to rescue the two men, but found the men were dead upon their arrival.

Workplace Injury Statistics

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recorded 4,405 workplace fatalities in 2013.
  • That averages to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • 3,929 deaths were recorded in the private industry with 796 deaths being linked to construction accidents.
  • Common causes of workplace fatalities included:
    • Falls
    • Struck by Object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between
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